Grand Star

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Grand Star

Artwork of a Grand Star from Super Mario Galaxy 2.
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All Stars (2020)
Not to be confused with Giant Star.
“Oh, thank you for saving the Grand Star. These star people are my family...they mean so much to me.”
Rosalina, Super Mario Galaxy
Artwork of a Grand Star from Super Mario Galaxy.

Grand Stars are very large and powerful Power Stars in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. There are seven in the first game and six in the second game for a grand total of thirteen. Grand Stars in Super Mario Galaxy serve the same function as they do in Super Mario Galaxy 2, though in a slightly different way. For instance, in Super Mario Galaxy, Grand Stars are used to provide power to the six domes onboard the Comet Observatory, thereby allowing the player to reach more and more galaxies as the events of the game progress. In Super Mario Galaxy 2, Grand Stars still allow the player to reach more and more galaxies, but they now provide direct access to the next World via their transformation into a Portal instead.


Super Mario Galaxy

Mario holding a Grand Star.
A Grand Star after Mario has already collected it.

Super Mario Galaxy is the game in which Grand Stars make their first appearance. Bowser has taken all of the Grand Stars and is using them for his own evil intentions. As Mario recovers them, he gradually gains access to different parts of Rosalina's Comet Observatory, as the Grand Stars are the power source of the Comet Observatory's Beacon, which in turn sustains all life onboard the observatory. As each Grand Star is found, a path to the next dome is created.

Grand Stars

Dome Galaxy Boss
Gate Gateway Galaxy None
Terrace Bowser Jr.'s Robot Reactor Megaleg
Fountain Bowser's Star Reactor Bowser
Kitchen Bowser Jr.'s Airship Armada Bowser Jr.
Bedroom Bowser's Dark Matter Plant Bowser
Engine Room Bowser Jr.'s Lava Reactor King Kaliente
None Bowser's Galaxy Reactor Bowser

Super Mario Galaxy 2

A Grand Star that appears after Mario has defeated Giant Bowser in Bowser's Gravity Gauntlet.
A Grand Star that has just transformed into a Portal in World 3.

Grand Stars make another appearance in Super Mario Galaxy 2, the 2010 sequel to Super Mario Galaxy. In this game, the Grand Stars are once again under the control of Bowser and Bowser Jr. This time around, Grand Stars restore power to Starship Mario, and also create the Portals leading from one World to the next. In addition to this, the Grand Stars in this game are apparently responsible for Bowser's huge size, as he has eaten them to make himself considerably larger. After Mario defeats one of Bowser Jr.'s machines or henchmen, it will explode and release a Grand Star. After Mario defeats Bowser, he'll cough up a Grand Star. During the final battle in Bowser's Galaxy Generator, he is actually able to swallow the Grand Star again, making himself a great deal larger than he had been, and leading to one final segment of the battle. The Grand Stars seem to have an interesting side effect when misused, one that causes Bowser to become extremely tiny after the final battle, as seen in the end credits of the game.

Grand Stars

World Galaxy Boss
World 1 Bowser Jr.'s Fiery Flotilla Gobblegut
World 2 Bowser's Lava Lair Bowser
World 3 Bowser Jr.'s Fearsome Fleet Megahammer
World 4 Bowser's Gravity Gauntlet Bowser
World 5 Bowser Jr.'s Boom Bunker Boomsday Machine
World 6 Bowser's Galaxy Generator Bowser

Mario Kart series

In Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 8, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a Grand Star appears as Rosalina's emblem.


  • The Star obtained after defeating Bowser at the end of Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS is similar to a Grand Star as it is much bigger than the other Stars. However, it does not have orbs on the end of its points and may simply be a giant Star.
  • In Super Mario Galaxy, it is possible to only have 5 out of the 7 Grand Stars collected to reach the final battle, since Bowser's Galaxy Reactor, where the final battle is, can be unlocked after completing the fourth dome if the player has 60 or more Power Stars.
  • The orbs on the ends of the Grand Star's "arms" make them slightly resemble Shine Sprites.
  • Bowser Jr.'s Fearsome Fleet is the only galaxy where Yoshi is able to pose with Mario when the Grand Star is collected. In Bowser's Galaxy Generator, Princess Peach, Baby Luma and the Co-Star Luma (if used) will pose with Mario. If Mario also brings Yoshi to the end of the level with a glitch, he will be morphed with one of the Lumas.
  • In both Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2, while the shadows of Grand Stars when they hover the ground is shaped like the Grand Star viewed from the top down, the shadows of Power Stars are simply shaped like a circle.
  • In both Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2, despite the fact that Grand Stars look distinctly different from normal Power Stars, Grand Stars will always be represented by a regular Power Star when the player selects a level to go to in a specific galaxy. However, when looking at the galaxy's title box or the list of total stars collected, an icon of a Grand Star is used instead of a Power Star.
  • Multi-Moons from Super Mario Odyssey function very similarly to Grand Stars. Aditionally, they were referred to as Grand Moons in the beta.

Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese グランドスター 
Gurando Sutā
Grand Star
Dutch Superster Superstar
French Grande étoile Big Star
German Großen Sterne Grand Star
Spanish Maxiestrella Maximum Star
Max Star